Down IV – Part II
12 May 2014
by Dan Pelic
For those who whiffed at The Purple EP, the second instalment of Down IV may be a homerun.
21 October 2013
If you’re reminiscing and moaning of the days when the majority of contemporary hard rock didn’t sound like a Led Zeppelin rip-off band, here’s a little EP to jolt your faith back in place. Blues Pills are to release their first piece of recorded work since signing to Nuclear Blast, and trust me, you’re going to want this mere four-track EP. It’s going to carry your mind and soul out of the haze and into a high of a new musical experience.
16 September 2013
I’ve long felt a bit like Necro Deathmort superfan-apha. They were one of the first bands I reviewed when I started writing for some dreadful little extreme metal zine a few years ago (you get a firm handshake for guessing which one correctly), and it’s lovely to see them getting nerdier and nerdier as they go on.
Cult Of Luna
23 September 2013
by Rob McAuslan
Cult of Luna’s latest EP came as one hell of a surprise , given the length of time it took for them to get around to the devastating, electronica-spattered masterpiece that is Vertikal. “More of that could only be a good thing!” We thought. It kind of is and it kind of isn’t, and which end of that you sit at will depend very much on you. There’s a shift of focus here that may make you very uncomfortable indeed.
Holy Roar / Cult Culture
30 September 2013
Back in 2004, Saosin were on the brink of emergence into the big leagues, until vocalist Anthony Green upped sticks in the middle of the Warped Tour. He went on to form Circa Survive, who are still going strong four albums down the line whilst Saosin…flounder. MINE don’t sound even a little like Saosin or Circa Survive, but there is a certain parallel to be drawn.
Destroy Everything Records
19 August 2013
For a young band, having lofty ambitions is no bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. Having creative vision of huge scope gives you a tangible goal to achieve; however, as so often is the case, ardor can run rampant and focus can be lost. This, unfortunately, is the fate that befalls Now, Voyager’s second EP Tell-Tale Hearts – a four-tracker that reveals a band with ample ability, but crucially, lacking in cohesive direction.
That’s What This Is
In One Ear Industries
19 August 2013
by David Keevill
Another EP, yet another way for Hawk Eyes to prove that the biggest melodic hooks don’t necessarily come in the most obvious packages. Over their last few releases, the Leeds four-piece have moved away from brontosaurus-sized riffs and into much more alternative dizzying territories; the band have learned how to fit pathologically insane licks into even the most disjointed of passages, with a healthy dose of brazen cheek thrown in for good measure.
Halo of Flies
14 April 2013
by Ollie Connors
To say Light Bearer have lofty ambitions fortheir second full-length, Silver Tongue, would be an understatement of the most grievous proportions. Imagine a bookshelf; the bookends are resplendent; 24-carat gold, glittering diamonds, ornate curlicues, all that jazz. However sparkling these bookends are though, the only things between them are Frankie Boyle’s autobiography, a copy of Catcher In The Rye, and A Guide to Repairing Your 1984 Ford Escort.
18 March 2013
by Tom Doyle
Punk isn’t dead, but it is very self-conscious these days. Yet, if you are prepared to seek them out, there are plenty of bands doing it the right way: Write some songs. Get in the van. Play some shows Get in the van again. Record some songs. Live your life. Write more songs. Make the songs mean something. Make them honest. Make them count.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard the new EP from Down. Guess what? Hugh Platt was less than impressed.
Back in January, I wrote a speculative bit of fluff about Down putting out an EP in 2012, rather than the fully fledged album that their fans have been clamouring for since 2007’s Down III – Over The Under. I glibly suggested that Down putting out an EP meant that we’d be getting just the cream of the New Orleans-based supergroup’s capabilities, rather than them just churning out a longer record that would no doubt contain a couple of songs that would only sound good if you’d smoked as much weed as Phil Anselmo.
Except it hasn’t turned out like that, has it?